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n7 A Kerber, n9 C Wozniacki
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Guangzhou Open, CHN
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#10 Ana Ivanovic
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#60 Monica Niculescu
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    On Sunday at Tokyo, in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, the 2007 PPO finalist and 2014 champ at Birmingham, Auckland & Monterrey (and the 2008 French Open champion), 26 year old 3rd seeded #10 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI). defeated the 2010 Pan Pacific Open champion (and 2014 champ at Istanbul & US Open finalist), 24 year old 2nd seeded #9 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6-2, 7-6(2) (Ana is shown holding the ceramicware after the match).

    Ana's prize is $196,670; Caroline's prize is $104,891.

    On court after the match, Ana said: "Caroline played a great match today. It was a really good battle out there. There were some very tough moments, especially in the second set. But I just tried to take it one point at a time, and I'm really happy to make it through. It's just an amazing feeling to win this title." WTA story

    Ana now leads Caroline 5-2 in career matches. Their previous meeting was earlier this year on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the semifinals at Monterrey, when Ana defeated Caro 7-6(5), 6-4.

    Ana is now 15-7 in WTA singles finals. She has a 52-14 singles match record in 2014.

    Caroline is now 22-15 in WTA singles finals. She has a 43-16 singles match record this season.

    On Sunday at Seoul,, in the final of the Kia Korean Open, the 2013 Kuala Lumpur champion (and last week's finalist in Hong Kong), 22 year old 2nd seeded #36 (career high: #36) Karolina Pliskova from Louny, Czech Republic, defeated 28 year old 5th seeded #43 (career high: #19) Varvara Lepchenko from Allentown, Pennsylvania (birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan), 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-2 (Karolina is shown holding the vaseware after the match).

    Karolina's prize is $111,389 and a Kia automobile; Varvara's prize is $55,435.

    Karolina said: "In the second set I lost my serve a few times and had a few chances to break back, and I made it back to 5-all, but I didn't do well in the tie-break. She was playing so well, but after the second set I really cleared my head a little bit and started to play much more aggressively. In the third set she started to miss a few more shots and I think that's why I won today." WTA story

    Karolina and Varvara had met only once before, in 2009 on a hardcourt in an ITF tourney at Fort Walton Beach, when Karolina defeated Varvara 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

    Karolina is now 2-3 in WTA singles finals. Her singles match record this season is 47-25.

    Varvara was playing in her first WTA singles final. Her 2014 singles match record is 27-20.

    On Saturday in China, in the final of the Guangzhou Open, the 2013 champ at Florianopolis, 26 year old #60 (career high: #28) Monica Niculescu from Bucharest, Romania, defeated the 2014 champion at Katowice, 24 year old 2nd seeded #22 (career high: #11) Alizé Cornet from Nice, France, 6-4, 6-0 (Monica is shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Monica's prize is $111,163; Alize's prize is $55,323.

    Monica said: "I think it's very tough to play against me, because I put many balls back and run a lot and fight for every ball. I think in this heat and humidity it's definitely not easy to play against me." WTA story

    Monica now leads Alize 2-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in 2012 on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the 1st round of the Australian Open, when Monica defeated Alize 5-7, 6-0, 6-3.

    Monica is now 2-2 in WTA singles finals. She has a 26-21 singles match record this year.

    Alize is now 4-5 in WTA singles finals. She has a 31-21 singles match record in 2014.

    Final photos are up: The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Tokyo, Seoul & Guangzhou tourney page holds 34 choice photos from this week's tourneys, cropped and enhanced, and 30 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourneys.

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WTA SCOREBOARD: Tokyo, Seoul & Guangzhou

s=seed, n=rank, *=upset , LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Tokyo Pan Pacific, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $104,891 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $196,670 US; points: 470
*n10 s3 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n9 s2 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-2, 7-6(2)
Tokyo Pan Pacific, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US
s1 Cara Black & Sania Mirza
    d s4 Garbine Muguruza & Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 7-5

Tokyo Pan Pacific, Withdrawals
n16 Flavia Pennetta ITA right foot injury
n17 Andrea Petkovic GER illness
n42 Camila Giorgi ITA
Seoul, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $55,435 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $111,389 US; points: 280
n36 s2 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n43 s5 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-2
Seoul, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $9,222 US
winner's prize: $17,724 US
Lara Arruabarrena & Irina-Camelia Begu
    d Mona Barthel & Mandy Minella 6-3, 6-3

Seoul, Withdrawals
n15 Ekaterina Makarova RUS right wrist injury
n52 Elena Vesnina RUS right shoulder injury
n56 Petra Cetkovska CZE left hip injury
Guangzhou, Final, Sat 11am
loser's prize: $55,323 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $111,163 US; points: 280
*n60 Monica Niculescu ROU d n22 s2 Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 6-0
Guangzhou, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $9,222 US
winner's prize: $17,724 US
Chia-Jung Chuang & Chen Liang d Alize Cornet & Magda Linette 2-6, 7-6(3), (10-7)

Guangzhou, Withdrawals
n21 Shuai Peng CHN back injury
n32 Shuai Zhang CHN right arm injury
n73 Vania King USA right hip injury
n82 Kristina Mladenovic FRA

  WTA Sep 21-27: Wuhan

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n1 Serena Williams USA
n2 Simona Halep ROU
n3 Petra Kvitova CZE
n4 Maria Sharapova RUS
n5 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
n8 Angelique Kerber GER
n9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n10 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n11 Jelena Jankovic SRB

    The Wuhan main draw has been posted. The links are above, and the matchups are below.

    Wuhan, China, the capital of Hubei province, is the largest city in central China, with over 6 million residents in the urban area. Wuhan is the birthplace of WTA player Li Na.

    The Wuhan Open, a new tourney in 2014, has taken over the "Premier 5" WTA tournament franchise previously held by the Tokyo Pan Pacific Open. A new venue, the Wuhan Optics Valley International Tennis Center, has been built for the tournament.


s=seed, n=rank, *=upset , LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Wuhan, 1st Rd, Sun-Mon 11am
loser's prize: $6,630 US; points: 1
n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB v n27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS Mon c1 m4
n11 s10 Jelena Jankovic SRB v n57 Christina McHale USA Mon c1 m3
n12 s11 Sara Errani ITA v n46 Heather Watson GBR Mon cC m1 11am
n13 s12 Dominika Cibulkova SVK v n29 Madison Keys USA Mon c1 m1 11am
n14 s13 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n39 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 6-2 Sun
n15 s14 Lucie Safarova CZE v n24 Sabine Lisicki GER Mon c1 m2
n16 s15 Flavia Pennetta ITA v n91 q Jarmila Gajdosova SVK Mon c2 m2
n17 s16 Andrea Petkovic GER d n92 q Donna Vekic CRO 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 Sun
*n48 Caroline Garcia FRA d n18 Venus Williams USA 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(6) Sun
n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP v n259 wc Kai-Lin Zhang CHN Mon cC m2 1pm+
n20 Samantha Stosur AUS v n32 Karolina Pliskova CZE Mon c2 m4 6pm+
n21 Shuai Peng CHN v n54 Mona Barthel GER Mon cC m4 6pm+
n22 Alize Cornet FRA v n149 sr Romina Oprandi SUI Mon c4 m2
n23 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n36 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-3, 6-2 Sun
n26 Garbine Muguruza ESP v n85 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP Mon c2 m3
n30 Casey Dellacqua AUS v n44 Roberta Vinci ITA Mon c4 m3
n31 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n55 D Hantuchova SVK 7-6(5), 7-6(2) Sun
n35 Elina Svitolina UKR d n42 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-2, 6-3 Sun
*n40 q Zarina Diyas KAZ d n37 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-4, 6(1)-7, 6-2 Sun
n38 Coco Vandeweghe USA v n58 LL Annika Beck GER Mon c2 m1 11am
n47 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n69 q Francesca Schiavone ITA 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 Sun
n66 Alison Riske USA d n507 wc Shilin Xu CHN 4-6, 6-4, 6-6 retired Sun
n62 q Karin Knapp ITA d n103 q Marina Erakovic NZL 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 Sun
n67 q Stefanie Voegele SUI v n71 q Timea Bacsinszky SUI Mon c4 m1 11am
Wuhan, 2nd Rd, Mon-Tue
losers' prize: $12,900 US; points: 60
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA v n22 Cornet OR n149 Oprandi Tue
n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU v n26 Muguruza OR n85 Torro-Flor Tue
n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE v n62 q Karin Knapp ITA Tue
n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS v n23 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS Mon cC m5 eve2
n5 s5 Agnieszka Radwanska POL v n48 Caroline Garcia FRA Mon cC m3
n7 s6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN v n21 Peng OR n54 Barthel Tue
n8 s7 Angelique Kerber GER v n40 q Zarina Diyas KAZ Tue
n9 s8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN v n19 Suarez Navarro OR n259 K-L Zhang Tue
n10 Ivanovic OR n27 Pavlyuchenkova v n30 Dellacqua OR n44 Vinci Tue
n11 Jankovic OR n57 McHale v n38 Vandeweghe OR n58 Beck Tue
n12 Errani OR n46 Watson v n66 Alison Riske USA Tue
n13 Cibulkova OR n29 Keys v n31 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE Tue
n14 s13 Ekaterina Makarova RUS v n67 Voegele OR n71 Bacsinszky Tue
n15 Safarova OR n24 Lisicki v n35 Elina Svitolina UKR Tue
n16 Pennetta OR n91 Gajdosova v n47 Kirsten Flipkens BEL Tue
n17 s16 Andrea Petkovic GER v n20 Stosur OR n32 Ka Pliskova Tue
Wuhan, 3rd Rd, Wed
losers' prize: $25,135 US; points: 105
Wuhan, QFs, Thu
losers' prize: $50,700 US; points: 190
Wuhan, SFs, Fri
loser's prize: $110,100 US; points: 350
Wuhan, Final, Sat
loser's prize: $220,200 US; points: 585
winner's prize: $441,000 US; points: 900
Wuhan, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $63,750 US
winners' prize: $126,000 US

Wuhan, Qual Finals, Sat Sep 20 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,900 1pt; q2 $3,700 20pts; qualifier 30 points
n40 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n73 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-2, 6-3
*n92 Donna Vekic CRO d n58 Annika Beck GER 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
n62 Karin Knapp ITA d n101 Nicole Gibbs USA 6-4, 6-2
n67 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n222 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
n69 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n79 Alison van Uytvanck BEL 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
n71 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n97 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 6-3, 6-3
*n91 Jarmila Gajdosova SVK d n76 Anna Schmiedlova SVK 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
n103 Marina Erakovic NZL d n368 Zhaoxuan Yang CHN 6-3, 6-4

Wuhan, Withdrawals
n6 Na Li CHN retirement due to knee injuries
n25 wc Victoria Azarenka BLR done for year, foot injury
n28 Sloane Stephens USA
n43 Varvara Lepchenko USA
n45 Kaia Kanepi EST
n51 Lauren Davis USA
n52 Elena Vesnina RUS

  WTA Sep 8-14: QC, HK & Tashkent

Quebec City:

#108 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
5' 11" 145lb RH 2H-BH
Hong Kong:

#28 Sabine Lisicki
5' 10" 154lb RH 2H-BH

Coupe BN Quebec, CAN INTL $250,000 | 32m/24q/16d indoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | photos: T.com - ESPN - Y! news | WTA

Hong Kong Open, CHN INTL $250,000 | 32m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D

Tashkent Open, UZB INTL $250,000 | 32m/16q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | photos

    On Sunday at Hong Kong, in final of the Hong Kong Open, the 2013 Wimbledon finalist (and 2011 champ at Birmingham and Dallas), 24 year old top seeded #28 (career high #13) Sabine Lisicki of Germany (residence: Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2013 Kuala Lumpur champion (and 2014 Nuremberg & Pattaya City finalist), 22 year old 3rd seeded #42 (career high: #36) Karolina Pliskova from Louny, Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-3 (Sabine is shown holding the hardware after the match). Sabine's prize is $43,000; Karolina's prize is $21,400.

    On Sunday at Quebec City, Canada, in the final of the Coupe Banque Nationale, a 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist, 32 year old #108 (career high: #32) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia (residence: Sarasota, Florida), defeated the 2014 champion at Dubai, 34 year old top seeded #20 (and former #1) Venus Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 6-4, 6-3 (Mirjana is shown holding the hardware after the match). Mirjana's prize is $43,000; Venus's prize is $21,400.

    On Saturday in Uzbekistan, in the final of the Tashkent Open, the 2008 finalist at Antwerp, 27 year old 3rd seeded #71 (career high: #35) Karin Knapp from Lutago, Italy, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2013 tourney champion (and 2012 Baku champ), 22 year old top seeded #36 (career high: #32) Bojana Jovanovski from Belgrade, Serbia, 6-2, 7-6(4). Karin's prize is $43,000; Bojana's prize is $21,400.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Quebec, Hong Kong & Tashkent tourney page holds 13 choice photos from this week's tourneys, cropped and enhanced, and 16 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourneys.

  WTA Aug 25-Sept 7: US Open

Flushing Meadows:

#11 Caroline Wozniacki
5' 10" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Flushing Meadows:

#1 Serena Williams
6th US Open Title

US Open NYC Grand Slam $36,203,760 128 players | outdoor: hard Deco Turf
Live Scores - Draws: WS pdf - WTA - XD Women: Q - S - D Men: Q - S - D | pics

         On Sunday at Flushing Meadows, in the final of the 2014 US Open, the 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 tourney champion 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2009 US Open finalist, 24 year old 10th seeded #11 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-3, 6-3 (photos shown).

    Serena's prize is $3,000,000, plus a $1,000,000 bonus for winning the summer hardcourt US Open Series, for a total of four million dollars. Caroline's prize is $1,450,000.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 US Open tourney page holds 94 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 65 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA June 23-July 6: Wimbledon


#13 Eugenie Bouchard
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH

#6 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

The Championships Wimbledon, GBR Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: grass
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      On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2011 Wimbledon titleist, 24 year old 6th seeded #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated 20 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #13) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-0 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is £1,760,000 (about $3,016,209 US); Genie's prize is £880,000 (about $1,508,104 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wimbledon tourney page holds 111 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 33 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA: May 25-Jun 8   French Open

Roland Garros:

#4 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#8 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam Prize$: €11,420,000 128 players - outdoor: red clay
draws: W sing, pdf - XD women's: Q - singles - doub men's: Q - singles - doub | photos

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      On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2014 French Open, the the 2012 RG champ, 27 year old 7th seeded #8 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (res: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 champion at Doha, 22 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #5) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-4 (photos shown).

    Maria's prize is €1,650,000 ($2,244,983 US); Simona's prize is €825,000 ($1,122,491 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 French Open tourney page holds 126 choice photos from this year's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 36 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Jan 13-25: Australian Open


#21 Dominika Cibulkova
5'3" 121lb RH 2H-BH

#4 Na Li
5'7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne, AUS Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard plexicushion
draws: WS, .pdf - women's: qualif. - singles - doub | men's: qualif. - singles - doub
pics: T.com - ESPN | Y!: news | WTA

      On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2014 Australian Open, the 2011 French Open champion (and 2013 & 2011 AO finalist), 31 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #3) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, won her 2nd Grand Slam title by defeating the 2013 champion at Stanford, 24 year old 20th seeded #21 (career high: #12) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 7-6(3), 6-0 (photo shown).

    The tennis.quickfound.net Australian Open tourney page holds 144 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 52 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
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    Apologies for the typographical errors on this page occasionally. These cut-and-paste errors result when faulty brain wiring impairs one person trying to keep up a large website. I try to keep errors to a minimum, but some always creep in.

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    (September 20, 2014) Former WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka is will not play again in 2014 to allow time for a nagging foot injury to heal. The two-time Australian Open champion said: "Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season... I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season..." Victoria Azarenka at Facebook

    (September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."
    Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook

    (Jan 27, 2014) WTA Championships changes: "...It will expand into a 10-day sports entertainment event of competiton, exhibitions and activities for fans around the world. There will be seven days of competition this year as opposed to six [eight days beginning in 2015], the doubles will be expanded to eight teams, and there will be a WTA Rising Stars Exhibition and WTA Legends Exhibition during the opening Fan Festival weekend." WTA story

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (May 8, 2013) The year ending WTA Championships tournament, which this year is finishing a three-year stint at Istanbul, Turkey, will move to Singapore for the next five years, from 2014-2018. "The state-of-the-art $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub, located in the heart of the city, will host the WTA Championships at the 7500-seat, Singapore Indoor Stadium." WTA story

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Mar 31, 2012) The Brazilian tennis federation has announced that Brazil will host a WTA tournament beginning in 2013. The franchise they have been awarded was vacated by the Marbella, Spain, tourney, which followed Miami on the WTA calendar (the same week as Charleston). Brazil has not hosted a WTA event for the past 11 years. AP story

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Jul 15, 2011) WTA #28 Alisa Kleybanova is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a form of cancer) in Italy. Alisa said: "After I do treatment for a few more months, if I feel well, there's a chance I'll be able to play tennis again. I really miss playing..." Alisa has won two WTA singles titles, both last year, in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. Today is Alisa's 22nd birthday. Letter from Alisa via WTA - Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.

    (Dec 12, 2010) Retired former WTA #1 Martina Hingis married French showjumper Thibault Hutin in a civil ceremony in Paris on Friday, December 10. The wedding was reported in the Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte; they will publish photos of the ceremony on Monday.

    Martina said: "Our wedding came as a surprise for many, but it has been in planning long in advance." Schweizer Illustrierte story (German) - English translation via Google - AFP story

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

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Daniela Hantuchova
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Tatiana Golovin
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Maria Kirilenko

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      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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